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    Just 30 Things That'll Stop You From Panicking Every Time Someone Unexpectedly Stops By To Visit

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    1. A sweet little welcome mat that'll bring a smile to your guests' faces before they even step through the door. No one has to know you're inside frantically dusting off every surface in sight.

    "Yay It's You" welcome mat in front of a door

    Promising review: "Perfect! Great quality. Looks exactly as described. The most welcoming doormat, so glad I got it!" —lital

    Get it from Amazon for $16.65.

    2. And to help with that panic-mode cleaning, some Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day multi-surface cleaning spray, which is even safe to use on hardwood floors.

    Reviewer photo of the three-pack of multi-surface cleaner

    It has a refreshing lemon verbena scent, and is cruelty-free! It's also one of Amazon's "Climate Pledge Friendly" products. 

    Promising review: "I was so pleasantly surprised by this product. I got it on a whim, thinking, 'What the heck, I'll try it.' I literally use this cleaner for EVERYTHING! I mean from my wood furniture, mirrors, granite countertops, even my hardwood floors! The smell is so nice and not overpowering like other cleaners, and I feel safe using it around my kids. I'll be buying this product as long as it's made." —casandra

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.55

    3. An otherworldly room spray to spritz in every corner of your home to detract from the fact that the quick once-over you just gave it was the first cleaning it's had in...a bit. And yes, you have our permission to tell your guests your place "always smells like this."

    Four bottles of the room and linen spray in different scents
    Eight Hands Farm & Bee Co. / Etsy

    Eight Hands Farm & Bee Co. is a small business based in Lambertville, New Jersey, that specializes in handcrafted home and body goods prepared in small batches. Their sprays are packaged in gorgeous glass bottles, are nontoxic, and come in scents ranging from Clementine Lavender to Coconut Seagrass.

    Promising review: "Love the linen scent! I’ve been trying to rid my home of other sprays/candles/products that have yucky chemicals. As I’m replacing with safe products, it’s been hard to order scents online before smelling. I’ve struck out with other companies a couple times, but I love everything I’ve purchased from here. The scents are so light and refreshing. Perfect! Thank you!!!" —Rachel May

    Get it from Eight Hands Farm & Bee Co. on Etsy for $12 (available in 13 scents). 

    4. An apple pie–scented candle, because even if you didn't have time to bake something from scratch for your guests, your home can still smell like a warm, welcoming dessert that greets them when they arrive.

    Promising review: "This candle is everything! I normally don’t like the smell of 'pie' candles — they most always smell too artificial and nothing like the real thing. This one is amazing and makes the whole house smell nice and cozy, an especially nice scent for the holidays. 10/10 recommend." —Nicholas Degrassi

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95

    5. A comfy, high-backed rocker so you can literally tell your houseguests to "pull up a chair."

    The brown rocking chair in a living room

    To help keep this chair in great shape, the manufacturer recommends placing it in an area without lots of direct sunlight and vacuuming/light brushing it every week or so.

    Promising review: "OMG, I love my new rocker!! It is so comfortable. All my friends have sat in it when they come over and they all agree it's so inviting to rock in it! My neighbor helped me put it together and it was easy. Just wish I had an Allen wrench bit for my cordless screwdriver; it would have been faster. All in all, a fabulous purchase!" —Beryl

    Get it from Wayfair for $231.99+ (originally $499.99, available in three colors).

    6. A portable fireplace that'll let your guests make themselves comfy by the fire, even if you don't have a full-size hearth. Plus, you can get out the graham crackers and marshmallows for an indoor s'mores party when dessert time rolls around.,

    This personal fireplace is fueled by 70% or 91% isopropyl alcohol.

    Promising review: "I bought this as a house warming gift to myself when I moved into my new place. I’m impressed! I live in a small apartment and it keeps the place warm. It’s also just a really good conversation piece. Everybody that comes over loves it." —Austin Bueno

    Get it from Amazon for $74.99.

    7. A set of "Be Our Guest" hand towels, because even your bathroom should feel welcoming. Just remind your visitors that the west wing is forbidden.,

    Each set contains two 100% cotton towels.

    Promising review: "Very soft. I love these big hand towels. Perfect for guests. I had a hard time finding a 'guest' towel." —Sandy S.

    Get a pair from Amazon for $24.99.

    8. Some "cheeky" wall art that'll let guests know to make their buns right at home in your bathroom, even if in a perfect world you would have preferred, you know, receiving ANY notice that they were coming.

    A framed print that shows a row of dogs' backsides with text: "all buns welcome"
    The Do Good Print Shop / Etsy

    The Do Good Print Shop is a nonprofit art print shop based in Easton, Pennsylvania that sells all sorts of print designs — and donates all profits to animal and environmental charities! FYI, the frame is not included. 

    Promising review: "I love this print! It’s perfect for above the toilet!" —Jennifer Dvorak

    Get it from The Do Good Print Shop on Etsy for $10.50+ (available in five sizes). 

    9. A mini bar cart so you can pour some drinks for the group (and let's face it, you could use one yourself after that cleaning sprint).,

    Reviewers say it's on the shorter side, so depending on your height, it might be better as a stationary piece, rather than something you wheel around.

    Promising review: "Six stars for sturdiness. This cart doesn't squeak or lean, it's very high-quality, and something I would expect to find at a Crate & Barrel." —Jason E Steckey

    Get it from Amazon for $104.39+ (available in six designs).

    10. Some stemless wineglasses to give your guests a little more stability when they start making their way over to your new white couch with their drinks.,

    Promising review: "My husband is quite impressed that the glass holds a 12-ounce beer perfectly. I was concerned it would be too large for my small hand, but it’s fine! I’m happy that they are sturdy enough to go in the dishwasher, yet the lip isn’t too thick at all. I plan on ordering more!" —Jan S

    Get a set of four on Amazon for $16.95.

    11. And, a red wine stain remover that'll ease any apprehensions you might have about hosting people at your place once you see how miraculous it is. Now if only they made one for teeth...

    For best results, absorb the excess liquid, then saturate the spot with the stain remover. Let it sit for one to five minutes, then blot it out. This product can also be used on hard surfaces to remove latex paint and grease.

    Promising review: "When you have anything white in your house and you have a love for red wine THIS PRODUCT IS A MUST! We had a dinner party of about 15 people in our house so I bought five bottles just in case. Someone spilled red wine on our brand-new white couch. I was so mad, but I used this stuff and it was GONE. It didn't just take most of the red wine out — the red wine was GONE! No trace of it at all! I will buy more!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.61.

    12. A pack of funky fruit coasters to keep your furniture protected throughout your guests' stay — provided they remember to use them (you have our permission to be the coaster enforcer).

    A glass sitting on one of the fruit coasters, surrounded by others

    They're BPA free and dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "Are you kidding me? How could anyone rate these anything less than a 5 stars? Mine arrived fairly quickly. They are colorful and the pattern is exactly as pictured. They are wrapped individually. What a good buy! I plan on using mine in a door wreath because they are perfect for decorations." —SuZck

    Get a pack of seven from Amazon for $4.99.

    13. A charcuterie board set that'll have everyone coming back to your place next week just for the snacks. Lucky you!,

    It comes with an extra round tray, two slate labels (with chalk), two ceramic bowls for dipping sauces, and four slicing and serving utensils.

    Promising review: "Bought the product as a present for my partner for the holidays. The charcuterie cheese board itself is great, and the ability to store the cheese knives was an excellent addition for transportation and to 'wow' people at parties. I was able to host twice with the device, and it often was able to hold around six to eight cheeses and cracker combinations reasonably well without feeling like the device is crowded. I also like how easy it was to clean, since the drawer used to store the knives can be easily removed. Finally, I enjoyed all the additional items that came with this set." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99.

    14. A assortment of sparkling mixers to have on hand juuust in case your guests decide they want to stay for a nightcap. Use them to mix up a cocktail or enjoy on their own!

    All five flavors of the sparkling mixers

    Avec is a Black- and woman-owned small business that crafts mixers made with 100% real ingredients, like fruit juices and natural botanicals. The sampler includes three of each of their five flavors: Hibiscus & Pomegranate, Ginger, Yuzu & Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, and Jalapeño & Blood Orange

    Promising review: "Love the assortment of flavors (from sweet to subtle, and all the way to spicy)! It was possible for everyone at our get-together to come away with something they really enjoyed, and all with less than 4 grams of sugar? Simply amazing. Cans are gorgeous as well! Thanks, Avec, will definitely be back for more!" —Lucy B.

    Get it from Avec for $45 (also available as a monthly subscription for a 10% discount). 

    15. A portable Bluetooth speaker that'll fill your home with pro-sounding music to help set the evening's tone. And don't forget — nothing sends the message that you're ready for bed as reliably as Semisonic's "Closing Time."

    A reviewer's black speaker

    It's also waterproof, making it great for outdoor use as well. 

    Promising review: "I don’t write a lot of reviews. Normally, a product meets my expectations. And if it doesn’t, I send it back without complaining. But this speaker vastly exceeded my expectations and thought I should share. This tiny thing can boom sound like no other speaker of its size. I blasted the speaker full volume in a room downstairs. A few rooms and a flight of stairs away, I could still hear every lyric to the song I was playing. (You can tell I got a bit excited). It instantly connected to my phone via Bluetooth. It also seems sturdy enough that it can be knocked around a bit, which is helpful to me since I’d use it outside a lot. It’s the smallest portable speaker I’ve ever used, yet produces more sound without any distortion at high volumes. The quality of the sound at all levels is phenomenal. I’m excited to see what mileage I get out of it. But as far as I can tell, this speaker is the best one you can get for this amount of money. And I’d argue it’s worth more." —Connor

    Get it from Amazon for $31.44+ (available in two colors).

    16. A Brilliant Or BS? trivia game to bust out as an easygoing icebreaker. To play, everyone takes turns reading trivia questions off of cards, and the other players secretly answer while trying to convince the reader that they know the correct answer. The reader then tries to guess which of the other players actually know the answers or are just bluffing. It's essentially the perfect game for anyone with a competitive side who doesn't want to commit to a four-hour-long Monopoly sesh.

    Brilliant Or BS?

    Brilliant Or BS? is a Black woman–owned small biz! The game is designed for four to six players ages 14 and up.

    Promising review: "My friends and I have played this game several times and now they request it whenever we do a game night! It is so much fun!!! It is a good mix of trivia questions, so there is a pretty level playing ground for everyone!" —Jenn Flegle

    Get it from Brilliant Or BS? for $15.99 or Amazon for $17.99.

    17. And, some Amish Country popcorn kernels, because you know that after a few rounds of the game (and a few drinks) your guests will suddenly decide it's movie night — although, shouldn't literally everyone have access to freshly popped popcorn 24/7 anyway?


    This assortment comes with 10 4-ounce bags, with varieties including baby white, red, extra-large caramel, purple, and mushroom (!).

    Promising review: "I'm a bit of a popcorn connoisseur — I love it and eat it often. I always pop myself, from kernels in safflower oil. I've had all the major brands and supermarket house brands. This is by far the best. The kernels before and after popping are smaller than I'm used to, but so much tastier. This popcorn seems to have a bigger proportion of the fluffy white pop and less of the hard yellow shell left behind by other brands. Every single kernel popped with no burning. Oh, I love the packaging. It's got an old-timey look perfect to display on the open shelves of my kitchen. I will definitely keep buying this popcorn!" —Aquarian Here

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $17.99.

    18. A ceramic oil diffuser that'll make your home smell so good, everyone might just need a moment to stop what they're doing and inhale. Plus, it'll make you look like a *real* adult who cares about how their home smells.,

    Reviewers say you'll barely hear this diffuser while it's on, and its automatic shutoff function is another much appreciated feature. It's designed to run for up to five hours and comes with nine LED light settings for a gentle glow.

    Promising review: "I purchased this lovely diffuser because of the great reviews. I will add my two cents' worth. I use a CPAP at night and diffusing the aromas into the night air helps make for a more pleasing sleep experience. I recommend this fine product. It has added to the quality of life in its humble little manner." —Leone R. Burns

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99+ (available in two sizes).

    19. A super-soft faux-fur throw blanket your guests can wrap themselves in on the couch and take right with them to bed for a cozy night's sleep.,

    Promising review: "This blanket goes above and beyond the average blanket. If you've ever dreamed of sleeping in the pelts of 50 rabbits but don't want the guilt of all those rabbit lives, this is your blanket. It's light but warm, not too warm, just warm enough. The cats LOOKED at it and ran to the bed. Before I finished laying it out they started climbing on it, like, OK, guys, calm down! And it's huge so you can really bundle yourself up or add an extra person comfortably. This blanket just seems sexy and luxurious. I don't really know. It's magical, and it's changed my quality of life for the better." —Emma Stanley

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in five sizes and 21 colors).

    20. A glowing mushroom night-light to gently illuminate your guest bathroom, because if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that no one should have to turn on the overhead light when they get up to pee at 2 a.m., amirite?

    The mushroom nightlight lit up in a dark room
    Tiny Vine / Etsy

    Tiny Vine is a small business based in Savannah, Georgia, that makes nature-themed gifts, and their mushroom night-light ships for free!

    Promising review: "This mushroom is so cute!!! It's a nice size and looks almost natural in my bathroom. The amount of light it emits is perfect." —Salem

    Get it from Tiny Vine on Etsy for $15.99.

    21. A toothpaste dispenser so you and your guests won't have to worry about any tube contamination. It comes with an adhesive strip to stick to the wall, no tricky or time-consuming installation required. Plus, it's fun to use!

    Promising review: "I bought this for my mostly blind 90-year-old grandmother after she broke her arm. She was struggling with trying to put toothpaste on with one hand while not being able to see where the toothpaste was landing or how much was coming out. I installed it on her bathroom mirror so it wouldn't destroy the wall. When I asked her today how it was working for her, her face lit up and she said that this is one of the best inventions, and that every blind person should have one." —Jae

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three colors).

    22. And, a set of spare Colgate toothbrushes, because if there's anything your guests forget, you know it's gonna be one of these, and no one above the age of 13 should have to resort to that weird toothpaste-on-finger alternative.

    Reviewer photo of the pack of toothbrushes on a counter, with one toothbrush in a toothbrush holder

    Promising review: "Always have on hand for unplanned sleepovers or after heavy garlic food for guests!" —Dave

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $4.96.

    23. An extra set of towels to keep on hand strictly for guests so you don't have to throw a last-minute load of laundry into the wash every time you hear a car pulling in. This set comes with two pairs of bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths, and leaving them on your guests' bed will truly make them believe you have your life together.,

    Promising review: "This is my second set of these towels, and I cannot say enough how much I LOVE THESE TOWELS. Seriously, I get compliments from guests at the quality of my 'everyday' towels...So much so, I'm thinking of getting some additional sets as 'Oh, you like them? Here's a set as a gift!!' to keep around...They're a perfect size (big enough to wrap around my...not small body) but, still small enough to actually be foldable to fit in my linen storage area. They wash well, and hold up well to normal washing/drying without beginning to look worn/frayed...I'd give 6 stars if I could!!" —AndrewD

    Get a set of two bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths from Amazon for $33.99 (available in 15 colors).

    24. Some plush pillows so they'll feel like they're sleeping in a swanky hotel, even if they're actually on an inflatable mattress in your living room.

    The set of four pillows on a bed

    Promising review: "Great pillows that have lasted me quite some time — nice and full, but not too full that they are awkward when used two at a time! Would recommend/purchase again myself." —Melissa

    Get a set of four from Wayfair for $41.99+ (originally $149.99+, available in three sizes).

    25. And speaking of which, a comfy air bed that just might rival your fancy memory foam mattress. It has inner-coil beams and a quilted top to make it feel like a real bed, but the best part is, it inflates in just two minutes without you having to pump anything (just plug it into an outlet!).,

    Promising review: "I have never been so surprised by how much I love a purchase. We have owned multiple air mattresses over the years, so I am used to these things taking forever to blow up and waking up in a taco of deflated bed, or at minimum a pretty uncomfortably sunken-in mess. I wasn’t familiar with EnerPlex, but it said that it inflated quickly, so I thought I would give it a go. Having owned all of the big brands that you see in stores, it was time to change it up. The mattress definitely inflated as fast as described. I couldn’t believe how powerful the pump is as it really isn’t very big. You do need to plug it in to the wall, so keep that in mind for wherever you’re going to blow it up. The manual that came with the bed said to inflate it prior to using so I did that, but I was blown away when it was still fully inflated after sleeping on it for a full night. I think I have told everyone I know at this point how much I love this bed, seriously…get one!" —Alexa Simon

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in twin and queen sizes, and in three heights).

    26. A sleek serving tray to serve your guests breakfast in bed, even if you still haven't totally forgiven them for showing up unannounced.,

    Promising review: "The tray is an attractive contemporary design and easy to handle. Glasses, mugs, and smaller breakfast/lunch/appetizer plates or bowls fit on it. I both got one for myself and for my best friend’s birthday. My lovely friend who has a low-key aesthetic, mid-century house in California really did love the tray. She told me she uses it to bring her breakfast out of her kitchen most mornings to a more relaxing spot." —N. Erdmann

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in two sizes and four designs).

    27. A variety of Starbucks flavored coffees you can treat guests (and yourself) to the morning after a *wild* night of gossip, games, and snacks. This pack comes with vanilla, caramel, and hazelnut flavored ground coffees, aka your kitchen will smell like a dessert-filled dream.

    The three flavors of Starbucks coffees in their packaging

    Promising review: "I enjoyed all three flavored coffees, found them to be very smooth throughout with just the right amount of flavor. Best part of all, no bitterness. I would highly recommend these to anyone who wants a change." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $27.59.

    28. And, a cute lil' Cuisinart coffee maker to brew up a fresh pot that's ready for your guests when they finally saunter out of bed. And even if you're not a coffee drinker, this compact machine weighs just over 3 pounds and takes up less than a square foot of counter space.,

    Promising review: "Love this little coffee maker! Small footprint, fast brewing, easy to clean, permanent metal basket, stay-hot carafe, auto turnoff — all the features of a fancy brewer at a much smaller price. Even with guests, it’s easy for everyone to get a fresh, fast cup — no stale, burnt coffee sitting on the burner like with large pots. And after four years, ours is still going strong. I’d give it more than 5 stars if I could!" —Margaret S.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    29. Or, an assortment of Bigelow teas you can offer overnight guests who prefer to ease into their caffeine intake in the a.m.

    The six assorted packets of tea

    This set includes six types of tea, including Earl Grey, green tea, mint tea, English black tea, green tea with lemon, and a spiced orange black tea. 

    Promising review: "I love every single flavor of these teas! Splash of milk too at night — so great! Great price for all these boxes. Make sure you get a tea organizer case so you can organize them and display them for guests ❤️" —Eaglins

    Get a set of six 18-count boxes from Amazon for $16.63 (also available in other sizes and varieties).

    30. And, perhaps most importantly, a ceramic chalkboard mug for your visitors to write their names on so there's no confusion about what they should drink their morning beverage of choice out of (aka they're not getting YOUR favorite mug).

    Reviewer photo of the chalkboard mug on a breakfast table with the words "Hi Piper" written on it

    It comes with two sticks of chalk — just be sure to hand-wash and keep it out of the microwave!

    Promising review: "These are great little mugs. They are smooth and pick up chalk colors beautifully, they clean nicely with no imprinting. Very nice to gift." —MJ

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

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